Hey - some of you might've seen me talking about my big plans to downgrade from my 33gal to a 60-P (17gal). I've realized I've kinda jumped in over my head on this one. It's not that my tank right now is a problem, or that it's a lot of maintenance right now, cause it really isn't, but the tank and setup does NOT look anything how I want it to look. I'm not just jumping on the ADA bandwagon, I really legitimately love the simple and clean aesthetics of it. I have always had a love for clean modern lines (with a touch of vintage), and every time I look at my tank in my living room I cringe about how ugly the whole thing is and how it sticks out like a sore thumb among my other possessions.
My dilemma is, I'm a broke college student living Western Canada. That means no access to a large ADA retailers, or similar products. I have found me an ADA retailer in Vancouver (Canadian Aquatics) that is able to ship me stuff via Greyhound courier at a very reasonable price. There is still some kind of a markup on all the products (it's not bad, for example, a 60-P is about $150), so I would like to cut corners (ex. not using AS, buying lily pipes on eBay, etc) where possible. I am not opting for a bigger tank right now because I have NO idea what I would do for a stand - I have no handyman skills whatsoever and no access to power tools. At least with something small like a 60-P I could use a prebuit stand of some sort from Wal Mart or another furniture store. When I have a reliable job and some money saved up I will get another tank similar size to this one, maybe a 40 gallon
HERE ARE MY MANY QUESTIONS:
* Is my Eheim Ecco 2234 too big for a 60-P (17gal)? It's rated for 132gph, so it pumps out quite a bit. It's been a phenomenal filter and I love it, but the fact that I got it for soooo cheap, and because it's already set up with BB, I'd like to keep it. I was planning of getting a set of 13mm Lily Pipes from that site you guys don't want me posting links from. Would it make too big of a whirlpool in my significantly smaller tank?
* I have a pair of German Blue Rams which I finally JUST got settled in. I'm now afraid that a 17gallon is not big enough for them. They are definitely a male/female pair and they are very docile with each other. I would only be keeping them with a small school of neon, rummynose, or some other kind of micro tetra or rasbora, a couple of otos for algae maintenance, and maybe a few panda or other small cory's because they're just too cute. My tank will be lushly planted, no Iwagumi minimalist setup. Will they be OK?
* What the heck should I do for substrate? My thread in the substrate section is here:
* What about lighting? I was considering cheaping out and going for a FNI (http://fishneedit.com/t5ho-24quot-2-...quarium-l.html
) fixture, but is there anything else I could do for cheap, like a LED setup? I plan on having relatively low light and easy to care for plants, but I would like a decent PAR rating at the substrate because I do want some lower foreground carpeting plants.
* This change is only going to be made possible because of how little I paid for my current setup... Everything below (plus the Ecco and minus the AC) for $40. Which leads me to my pricing question - I didn't buy this tank as any sort of investment. I was not planning on reselling it. I just saw it was so freaking cheap and had to jump on it. But since I've had it for a while, I've realized it's not just my style. What I'm selling will include:
- 33 gallon rimless custom size Hagen tank, black silicone (kinda ragged, but not within danger zone) glass is in good shape otherwise, very few scratches. Some hard water stains but nothing that couldn't be removed. I just got lazy when I cleaned it.
31.5 l x 13.5 w x 18 h
- Matching Hagen hood with dual 24" bulbs (40w total), moisture resistant end caps, so no need for glass cover. I spray painted the inside white. This hood is a bit of a PITA to take off every time you need to do maintenance because of the way it fits the tank, but otherwise it's really nice, and very good quality.
- Geometrik stand, in kinda rough shape, fair amount of water damage. Looks like it's built for a 50 gallon bowfront or something. Very sturdy though.
- Aquaclear 50 filter. I really wanna keep this as I like to have huge filtration capacity. If it's not worth much to resell it I will keep it (it retails for about $49). I will stick it on my 10 gallon gourami pair's tank otherwise.
- 2 x Maxi Jet 600.
- 1x 100w non submersible (though the guy obviously submersed it anyway because the cord was covered in water stains) Thermal Compact heater. Able to keep the temperature stable and warm in my cold basement, which surprises even me. Great little heater. I plan on doing an in-line heater for my ADA tank.
- Other assorted stuff, including those 2 pieces of malaysian wood (they were about $7 a piece), the sand (which was $30, ridiculous I know) etc.
- 5x Black Skirt Tetras, 5x Zebra Danios, 1x female Red Wag Platy, 1x Juvenile Rainbow Shark. Can sell these guys separately.
Keeping in mind the whole "everything is slightly more expensive in Canada" thing, how would you price all of the above?
That's all I can think of for now. I might add more in the future. Thanks everyone